Black Web 2.0 Update: Hip-Hop Word Count

Earlier this year, Black Web 2.0 covered Hip-Hop Word Count, an app comprised of over 50,000 rap songs spanning from 1979 to present day. Aside from counting the amount of words in any given song, the app also provided a method to analyze the education level needed to understand each song, the artistic level of each verse, as well as give insight to the cultural insight to the music that has established itself as a global phenomenon.

Since our coverage back in May, Hip-Hop Word Count creator Tahir Hemphill has been continuing his work fine-tuning the app and bringing it to the masses. The app is currently being considered by MoMA for an upcoming exhibit. The show called Talk to Me, “is an exhibition on the communication between people and objects that will open at The Museum of Modern Art on July 24th 2011. It will feature a wide range of objects from all over the world, from interfaces and products to diagrams, visualizations, perhaps even vehicles and furniture, by bona-fide designers, students, scientists, all designed in the past few years or currently under development.” The vetting process is being documented in an online journal where interested parties can have a behind-the-scenes look at how an exhibit is put together.

In addition to the MoMA nod, Hemphill has also taken Hip-Hop Word count over to Kickstarter, where he has raised $914 of a $7500 goal. Funding for the project will undoubtedly go to adding even more features to an app that blends art, culture and technology. The Kickstarter campaign currently has 42 backer and is scheduled to end on Sunday, February 13. The minimum pledge is a dollar which grants donors access to exclusive project updates including video and blog posts. The rewards increase in donation increments with those donating $50 or more netting the behind-the-scenes access and temporary login credentials to the project. Those who donate $10,000 or more earn “lifetime license to the Hip-Hop Word Count data and a limited edition laser etched Rap cameo drawing.”

Does this project pique your interest? Would you use this app? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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